OSHR 1050 - Discerning Truth in a Time of Strong Opinions

  • Noncredit

This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.

Do you ever wonder how people can believe wholeheartedly in ideas that seem stupid and make no sense? Many believe "critical thinking" means being critical of others’ thinking, but this class teaches how real critical thinking works: how and why humans, especially yourself, believe something is true. We will also examine how those in the fields of math, natural science, social science, history, art, ethics, and religion judge what is true.

This is not a class on current issues or debates about them, nor is it a class to tell you what you should think. Instead, this course seeks to make you aware of how human knowledge works and help you know yourself better - an invitation to think about thinking. This course is similar to the Theory of Knowledge class in the International Baccalaureate program.

Please Note: No class November 21

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.


Sally Purath

Sally Purath earned a B.A. in Social Sciences and a M.Ed. at Colorado State University. She taught humanities, history, and language arts for 26 years in the Poudre School district, specializing in the humanities of India, China, Japan, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America. She also taught Russian, American, and world history as well as philosophy in the international Baccalaureate program. She has led National Endowment for the Humanities institutes and other teacher workshops.